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October 11th, 2011

Barter Island Polar Bears 08

Posted By Jon Cornforth

Barter Island Polar Bears 08, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

This is another one of my favorite photos from my recent Polar Bear Photography Tour. I was standing next to the boat with my local Inupiat guide when this mom and cub came over to have a closer look at us. We very quickly got back in the boat, but not before I fired off a few pictures at 10fps with the Canon 1DmkIV that I borrowed from Canon Professional Services. The light was absolutely spectacular and for a moment these bears walked side by side allowing me to create this striking image. I hand-held the camera with my Canon 400mm f4 DO IS lens attached and used a right-angle view finder to get the camera as close to the ground as possible while kneeling. It is a single-exposure which was slightly cropped from the original and required minimal processing using Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5.

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I created this short video by attaching my new GoPro camera to my camera’s hotshoe. I’ve been playing around with this new equipment on my last 2 trips and like the results that I am producing. It is nice to be able to show my readers the exact moment when I created this image.


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  1. Wayne Says:

    Amazing!! Why didn’t you get closer though? LOL

  2. Jon Cornforth Says:

    I’ve been around a lot of wild animals, but none of them seemed as interested in eating me as the polar bears. Not even a great white or tiger shark. These guys are adorable, but not to be messed with!

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